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City of San DiegoCandidate for City Council, District 7

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Monty McIntyre

Mediator/Arbitrator/Business Owner
5,558 votes (13.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Use critical analysis when makig decisions, plan strategically, and be fiscally responsible with taxpayer money.
  • Repair and maintain our aging infrastructure (roads, sidewalks, underground utilities)
  • Address our police and firefighter retention issues and make sure public safety departments are fully staffed and properly equipped.



Profession:Mediator, Civil Attorney and Business Owner
Mediator, arbitrator, civil attorney., Law Office of Monty A. McIntyre (2013–current)
Business Owner and Publisher of California Case Summaries, Self (2012–current)
National Board of Directors, American Board of Trial Advocates — Appointed position (2017–current)
President, San Diego County Bar Association — Elected position (2001–2002)
Owner, McIntyre & McIntyre (1995–2001)
Board of Directors, San Diego County Bar Association — Elected position (1998–2001)
Owner, Law firms including Thompson & McIntyre (1985–1995)
Associate attorney, McInnis Fitzgerald Rees Sharkey & McIntyre (1982–1984)


University of San Diego School of Law Juris Doctor, Law (1980)
UCSD Bachelor of Arts, History Honors (1977)

Community Activities

Treasurer and member of Board of Directors, Resoundign Joy (2018–current)
Worship leader and member of band Witness, Foothills United Methodist Church (1997–2004)
President, Board of Trustees, Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church (1997–1997)
Co-Chair of Board of Directors, San Diego School of Christian Studies (1985–1990)


Monty first lived in San Diego from 1962 to 1966. His family returned to San Diego in 1969 when his father, a Navy pilot, was promoted to command a squadron. After graduating from Coronado High School. Monty earned a Bachelor's degree from UCSD and a law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Monty has been practicing law in San Diego since 1980. He served as president of the San Diego County Bar Association in 2002, and as president of the San Diego Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2014. Since 2001, Monty has been using his problem-solving skills to settle disputes as a professional mediator and to decide legal issues as an arbitrator and referee.

Monty helped raise three daughters and has lived in Tierrasanta since 2006. After running several successful small businesses focused on law and mediation, Monty wants to give back to our City and make it a better place for future generations.

Who supports this candidate?

Individuals (5)

  • Heather L. Rosing. Past president of the California Lawyers Association and the San Diego County Bar Association.
  • Dan Stanford. Former Chair, California Fair Political Practices Commission.
  • Brigadier General Michael I. Neil (Ret.). Former Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
  • Hon. Irma Gonzalez (Ret.). Retired United States District Judge.
  • Paul Kennerson. Past president of the La Jolla Town Council.

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of San Diego (3)

What are the three biggest challenges facing this region in the 2020s, and how can you use this office to help our community prepare for (and meet) those challenges?
Answer from Monty McIntyre:


  1. We need to make infrastructure repair a top priority. Our hard-working taxpayers expect San Diego to provide basic city services like good streets and sidewalks and they deserve to get them.

  2. Building more affordable housing for all San Diegans. We should use market incentives (lower fees, faster processing and approval, amended community plans) to encourage developers to build middle market housing for hard-working employed San Diegans. We should also use similar market incentives to encourage developers to build more low income housing.
  3. For our Climate Action Plan we need to study and analyze all available options for dealing with rising oceans in order to begin addressing this problem before it is too late.


What action (personal or professional) that you have taken most exemplifies how you would execute the duties of the office you are running for?
Answer from Monty McIntyre:


As a mediator, arbitrator, civil attorney and past president of the San Diego County Bar Association I have always used critical analysis to determine the best answers and best approaches to difficult problems and issues. What we need to do is first get all of the facts, then get expert analysis (including the disagreements among experts), next find out if there are any best practices that someone else has developed, then evaluate all potential unintended consequences of different possible solutions, and finally make the decision that is in the public interest, not the politically expedient one.


How do your plans to help the City address the many causes and impacts of homelessness balance the rights and needs of all?
Answer from Monty McIntyre:


Our top priority should be to help the transitory homeless get off the street and back to housing and work. These are the folks we can help the most and the fastest. San Diego can provide more safe parking areas for them, and it can work with churches, synagogues and other non-profits to provide additional similar safe parking areas.


We should develop civilian conservation corps type job training programs for able-bodied homeless folks to help them develop job skills. This will give them a hand-up instead of a hand-out.

For homeless folks with mental illness or substance abuse issues, or both, we should work with the state and federal governments to get their help in providing housing with supportive services.

We need to develop sufficient shelter space, both public and private, to be able to enforce our laws to prevent homeless encampments on the streets.

We should work to repeal Props 47 and 57 because an unintended consequence of these propositions is they have made the homelessness problem worse.


Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Monty is a moderate, centrist who is fiscally conservative. He believes we need to be good stewards of our taxpayer's hard-earned money. Monty believes we should talk to one another, listen to one another. learn from one another and work with one another to figure out the best answers and solve problems for the benefit all San Diegans, especially our hard-working taxpayers.  

Videos (2)

— February 6, 2020 Monty McIntyre for City Council 2020

A video introducing Monty McIntyre

— February 6, 2020 Monty McIntyre for City Council 2020

San Diego City Hall is Broken. Politicians keep using San Diego as a stepping-stone to higher office instead of addressing San Diego's problems. Monty McIntyre will not seek higher office in Sacramento or Washington. He will spend his time in San Diego addressing your needs. 

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